Combined heat and power remains in the hunt for new qualifications

The government continues to strengthen its policy on combined heat and power (CHP) schemes in a persistent attempt to drive up efficiency.

Bio-energy is expected to make a significant contribution towards delivering the UK government’s renewable energy strategy, which seeks to cut emissions by 80 per cent for 2050 and to generate 15 per cent of the UK’s energy through renewable sources by 2020. CHP schemes remain of particular importance because of the ability to provide a cost-effective means of generating electricity while utilising the resulting excess heat and providing significant efficiency savings.

The government has also shown significant support for CHP with qualifying schemes benefiting from a number of financial incentives, such as the Renewables Obligation. However, in order to be classed as a qualifying scheme, the CHP scheme must meet the certification criteria required by the CHP Quality Assurance programme and outlined in Guidance Note 44…

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